Seven VII photographers are talking about inspiration in this special edition of #7withVII. We ask one question and get 7 answers. We asked, “Who/what inspires you to create and why.” Here’s what Anush Babajanyan, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ed Kashi, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Daniel Schwartz, Nichole Sobecki, and John Stanmeyer had to say.
New to the VII website is a story by Ed Kashi about the END Fund’s work to eliminate river blindness in Senegal. The story shares scenes from Tambanoumouya, Senegal, where 66% of the village suffered from the disease in 1986, but today this illness is nearly nonexistent.
River blindness (onchocerciasis) is an eye and skin infection caused by parasitic worms. Currently, over 198 million people in over 31 countries require treatment, the majority being in Africa. The disease is transmitted by the repeated bite of black flies on fast-flowing rivers and streams carrying the parasite.
VII is pleased to announce the 25 participants selected for the 2018-19 VII Masterclass in Warsaw.
- Shamsan Anders, Germany
- Katarzyna Bodora, Poland
- Jacob Borden, USA
- Sandra Buschow, Germany
- Krystal Campbell, Canada
- Andrew Cullen, USA
- Mariaelena Di Giovanni, Italy
- Anton Gautama, Indonesia
- Anna Gondek-Grodkiewicz, Poland
- Yulia Grigoryants , France
- Sayan Hazra, India
- Jacek Konieczny, Poland
- Gioia Kuss, USA
- David Latoszewski, USA/Poland
- Giovanni Lo Curto, Italy/Germany
- Mateusz Matuszczak, Poland
- Rashah McChesney, USA
- Robert C Newman, USA
- Ty O’Neil, USA
- Kristi Odom, USA
- Darek Przeczek, Poland
- Clea Rekhou, France/Thailand
- Prin Rodriguez, Peru
- Joshua Sternlicht, USA/Germany
- Michal Zielinski, Poland
The first of three Masterclass sessions began yesterday in Warsaw, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber.
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This week’s newsletter features an exhibition with VII Mentor Program photographer Sharon Castellanos, a behind-the-scenes look at Ziyah Gafic and Paul Lowe’s recent workshop in Bosnia, and a podcast with Ed Kashi.
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Ed Kashi is featured on the newest “A Small Voice” podcast with Ben Smith. In this episode, Ed speaks about being all about the issues, dealing with an emotional fallout, and hitting a wall in Peru.
“…I’m asking people who are sick to let me into their lives. Like, what an a**hole if I do that and then I’m not 100% there! Because on some level those people don’t need another person with a camera. So I’d better have a damned good reason to be getting into their lives and then I need to treat that with dignity and respect and the sort of preciousness of this opportunity that they’re giving me. And if I’m not at 100%, there’s something not good about that.”